Needles and other sharps used outside of a health care setting should be safely disposed of. It is illegal to throw these items in a trash or recycling bin since they could cause an injury. “Sharps” is a medical term for devices with sharp points or edges that can puncture or cut skin. Examples of sharps include needles, syringes, lancets, auto injectors (such as EpiPens), and infusions sets.
- Sharps can be dropped-off at any of the Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste facilities.
- Mail-back: Another option is to purchase a mail-back sharps container that comes with a prepaid box to mail the container back. Purchase a container online at SharpsDisposal.com, or Sharpsinc.com. These containers may also be available at your local pharmacy.
- CalRecycle has additional information about sharps disposal.
- Search Recycle Where? for other locations.
Sharps must be placed in a sharps disposal container immediately after they have been used. Sharps disposal containers are available at most chain pharmacies and drugstores. Check with your health provider at the time your prescription is written. If you have difficulty finding a container call Household Hazardous waste at 800-606-6606.